With ear infection season upon us, and the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to share a few of our favorite tips for staying healthy and keeping those pesky, painful ear infections at bay.
1. Try to keep your child away from other sick kids.
This may seem pretty obvious, but the best way to stay healthy is to stay away from infection causing germs. We recommend using this time to have a conversation about the importance of hand washing and to remind your child to cover their mouth when they cough and sneeze. If your kid does become sick, keep them home if possible.
2. Stay away from second hand smoke.
Did you know that second hand smoke increases your chances of getting an ear infection? And that children are the most vulnerable to its harmful side effects? Cigarette smoke decreases our bodies immune systems and kills the fine cilia that line the inside of our ears, making it easier for ear infection causing bacteria to attack.
3. Breastfeed your baby
Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off potential infections and babies who are breast fed are significantly less likely to contract ear infections than those who eat formula. Did you know that the position you feed your baby in can also make a difference? If you are using a bottle, rest your child in a semi-upright position, that way formula can’t flow into his or her middle ear, which could result in an infection.
4. Make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date
Vaccinations are one of the most important ways to prevent your child from getting sick. Since ear infections are often caused by colds and flus, staying up to date on vaccinations and getting a flu shot every winter can help stop potential infections in their tracks.
Learn more about how the Oto can give you peace of mind for your child’s ear infection concerns.
Disclaimer: This information is meant for educational purposes only; none of the above information should be viewed as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.